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  • n. The act of supervening

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  • n. The act of supervening.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act, state, or condition of supervening.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a following on in addition


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  • In that supervention which is so readily accepted as a divine warning, when the imagination is morbidly excited, and when the conscience, though lulled asleep for a moment, is still asleep so lightly that the sigh of a breeze, the fall of a leaf, can awake it with a start of terror, I took the voice for that of my guardian angel.

    Kenelm Chillingly — Volume 08

  • Both Dewey and Eliot are suggesting that without experiment in art and literature, the "supervention of novelty," the great works of the past merely ossify into a "tradition" that no longer inspires artists and writers to, in effect, outdo the "existing monuments," to bring those monuments into active communication with the present.

    John Dewey's *Art as Experience*

  • The existing order is complete before the new work arrives; for order to persist after the supervention of novelty, the whole existing order must be, if ever so slightly, altered; and so the relations, proportions, values of each work of art toward the whole are readjusted; and this is conformity between the old and the new.

    John Dewey's *Art as Experience*

  • With ewes and she-goats there are signs of menstruation in breeding time, just before the for submitting to the male; after copulation also the signs are manifest, and then cease for an interval until the period of parturition arrives; the process then supervenes, and it is by this supervention that the shepherd knows that such and such an ewe is about to bring forth.

    The History of Animals

  • With supervention of preponderance of c.e. over c.i. the motor neurone's discharge commences and under progressive increase of that preponderance the frequency of discharge increases in the individual motor neurone, and more motor neurones are "recruited" for action until in due course the preponderance of c.e. begins to fail and c.i. in its turn asserts itself more.

    Sir Charles Sherrington - Nobel Lecture

  • The impressive effect of these seizures is heightened by their supervention in the midst of religious exercises, and by the contagious and sympathetic influence through which their spread is accelerated among the more excitable temperaments and weaker members of large congregations.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 380, June, 1847

  • If the reactive force of the organism was still sufficient, the medicine succeeded very speedily in preventing the supervention of the typhoid stage, in changing the fever-type from a remittent or even continuous to an intermittent type, during which the convalescence of the patient, aided by a suitable diet, was more and more firmly established and generally completely secured after the lapse of a week.

    Apis Mellifica or, The Poison of the Honey-Bee, Considered as a Therapeutic Agent

  • If these results should be confirmed by further experience, we would have attained additional means of preventing the supervention of whooping-cough in measles; a triumph of art and science which should elicit our warmest gratitude.

    Apis Mellifica or, The Poison of the Honey-Bee, Considered as a Therapeutic Agent

  • The beneficent action of Apis, in intermittent fever, is still increased by the fact that it prevents the supervention of typhus, disorganizations of the spleen, dropsy, china-cachexia.

    Apis Mellifica or, The Poison of the Honey-Bee, Considered as a Therapeutic Agent

  • Frerichs also relates a case where enlargement from fecal accumulation was at first ascribed to a pregnant uterus, and subsequently, on the supervention of deep jaundice, to an enlarged liver, but in which purgatives dispelled the patient's anxiety about a diseased liver and at the same time her hopes for a child.

    Intestinal Ills Chronic Constipation, Indigestion, Autogenetic Poisons, Diarrhea, Piles, Etc. Also Auto-Infection, Auto-Intoxication, Anemia, Emaciation, Etc. Due to Proctitis and Colitis


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